BSW’s plans to build what could be the UK’s largest sawmill have taken a step forward with the appointment of architects for the project.

Kearney Donald Partnership (KDP) has been handed the task of designing the £26m mill, opposite the company’s current sawmill at Fort William.

The new facility is planned to have more than twice the output of the current site. Phased work will include development of secondary processing (including kilning, timber treatment, planing and grading), followed by building a new sawmill.

BSW acquired the site from paper manufacturer Arjo Wiggins last year.

Following a detailed study of the site, BSW believes the best solution is to demolish all existing buildings on the 67-acre parcel of land.

“We believe the proposal represents the right solution for the site, both from an environmental and economic perspective and will deliver real benefits for Fort William and the Highlands,” said Scott Donald, partner at KDP.

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